A Step-by-Step Checklist for Travelers Returning to the Road

For travelers returning to the road amidst the recovery stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, new and changing guidelines have created a distinctly different business travel experience. While some of these restrictions may present an initial learning curve to adjust to, these changes will improve the overall well-being and safety of travelers in the long-term.

But where do you start and how you do know what processes have changed? Below we’ve compiled a step-by-step checklist to walk you through the new travel journey and provide you with the information you need to travel smart and stay safe.

Booking Your Travel

Booking through authorized channels and following the protocol established in company policy has never been more important. Companies need to know where employees are, and employees must be able to communicate while on the road. When you begin the process of planning your travel, make sure you do the following:


Packing Essentials

The standards for personal protection and sanitation have increased as a result of COVID-19. For both your health and the health of others you may come into contact with, include these items in your carry-on luggage:


Getting Around

Whether taking a 20-minute ride to the airport or renting a car for a cross-country road trip, you will need to evaluate the safest and most efficient way to get around. When planning your ground transportation, adhere to these best practices:


At the Airport

The most visible differences of changes to the travel journey are apparent at the airport, including socially distanced lines, sanitation stations, and modified screening protocol. Plan for the following:




Hotels have invested in mobile technology and forged new sanitation partnerships to prepare for the influx of travelers returning to the road. To increase the comfort and safety of your stay, observe these guidelines:


Stay Informed

In addition to using this checklist, you can also access our online resource hub to get the latest information and updates throughout your trip. Most importantly, if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or feeling unwell, reschedule your travel plans for a later date.


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